Musicians Who Died on September 25

  • 1619 Francesco Soto de Langa, Spanish composer, dies at about 85
  • 1716 Johann Christoph Pez, German Baroque composer, dies at 52
  • 1733 Georg Motz, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1813 Braz Francisco de Lima, Portuguese composer, dies at 61
  • 1849 Johann Baptist Strauss, the elder, Austrian composer (Radetzky-Marsch), dies at 45
  • 1860 Carl Friedrich Zöllner, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1916 Julius Fučík, Czech composer, dies at 44
  • 1920 William F. Sudds, American composer, music publisher, and teacher,, dies at 77
  • 1924 Karel Burian (also Carl Burrian), Czech operatic tenor, dies at 54
  • 1944 Leo Justinus Kauffmann, Alsatian composer, dies at 43
  • 1959 Ennio Porrino, Italian composer, dies at 49
  • 1965 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American conductor (Seattle Symphony), dies at 79
  • 1967 Hezekiah "Stuff" Smith, American jazz violinist & composer ("It's Wonderful"), dies at 58
  • 1970 Efim Golishev, Ukrainian painter and composer, dies at 73
  • 1979 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64

John BonhamJohn Bonham (1948-1980)

English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love"), dies from asphyxiation after heavy alcohol intake at 32

  • 1985 Albert Moeschinger, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • 1995 Dorothy Dickson, American actress and dancer (Paying the Piper, Danny Boy), dies at 102
  • 1997 Hélène Baillargeon, Quebec singer and folklorist, dies at 81
  • 1997 Jean Françaix, French classical pianist, and composer, dies at 85
  • 1998 Russell Smith, American composer, dies at 71
  • 2002 Wanda Luzzato, Italian concert violinist and teacher dies at 83
  • 2005 Georges Arvanitas, French jazz pianist and organist, dies at 74
  • 2008 (Gerrit Cornelis) "Kees" Otten, Dutch flautist and recorder player, dies at 83
  • 2009 Alicia de Larrocha, Spanish pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica), dies at 86

Andy WilliamsAndy Williams (1927-2012)

American pop singer ("Moon River"; "Days of Wine and Roses"), dies from bladder cancer at 84

  • 2016 Jean Shepard, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), dies of Parkinson's disease at 82
  • 2016 Rod Temperton, British pop musician and songwriter ("Boogie Nights"; "Thriller"; "Give Me the Night"; "Yah Mo B There"), dies of cancer at 66
  • 2017 Folke Rabe, Swedish avant-garde composer (What??), dies at 81
  • 2019 Paul Badura-Skoda, Austrian pianist (Mozart interpretation), dies at 91
  • 2020 S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Telegu playback singer (The Jewel of Shiva), dies of COVID-19 at 74